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Module_K - E X TENDE D L E ARN IN G MOD U L E K CAREERS IN...

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EXTENDED LEARNING MODULE K CAREERS IN BUSINESS Student Learning Outcomes Identify the career field and business specialization in which you are interested. Provide typical job titles and descriptions for your career field. List and describe the IT skills you need to gain while in school. 1. 2. 3.
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K.2 Extended Learning Module K Introduction In the business world, you need to be “a jack of all trades and a master of one.” That means that you need to excel in a particular business functional area (or specialization), such as finance, accounting, marketing, or any of the other many business specializa- tions. It also means that, while your expertise lies within one functional area, you need to be competent in all the other functional areas. Think about majoring in marketing, for example. You need expertise in consumer behavior, marketing strategies, branding techniques, and many other marketing-oriented concepts. But as a marketing analyst, you need other skills to be successful. You need knowledge of accounting and finance so you can put together a budget and monitor ex- penses. You need team and employee management skills so you can work effectively in a group and manage other people. You need knowledge of production and operations management so you can understand works-in-progress information and transportation optimization algorithms. No matter what your career choice, you need knowledge of information technology tools that will allow you to perform your tasks more efficiently and effectively. This text- book isn’t about trying to get you to major in information technology or choose MIS as a career. It’s about informing you of the role of information technology and MIS in an organization and enabling you to select and use the right IT tools to carry out your tasks. In this module, we want to explore with you many of the career specializations in business, including: Accounting Finance Hospitality and tourism management Information technology Management Marketing Production and operations management Real estate and construction management At your school, there are probably departments devoted to providing degrees in these specializations. While titles and nomenclatures may differ (e.g., production and opera- tions management is often called management science, operations research, statistics and operations technology, or some other variation), those specializations represent the ma- jor functional areas in a typical business. After providing you with a brief introduction to each specialization, we include the following information: List of typical job titles and their descriptions IT tools you should focus on learning while in school Statistics concerning the job market It is our hope that, after reading this module, you will come to understand that IT and MIS are important no matter what your career choice. You may be taking this class be- cause it’s a required part of the business curriculum. It’s required because, no matter what career you choose, you need knowledge of IT and MIS. It’s similar to taking a
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